Awford ends striker loan hunt

David Connolly in action against Southend on Tuesday night Picture: Joe Pepler
David Connolly in action against Southend on Tuesday night Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey will now soldier on with their current squad until January after Andy Awford opted not to bring in a striker before yesterday’s 5pm emergency loan deadline.

Concerns over the fitness of David Connolly and Tom Craddock left the caretaker Blues boss scouring the market for a new addition earlier this week.

But with both now expected to be fit for tomorrow’s clash at Hartlepool, Awford decided against bringing in a new forward.

‘We spoke about getting a loan striker. It was an option and we could have done it if we wanted to do it,’ said Awford.

‘But I felt I was happy to get on with what we’ve got.

‘I didn’t want to spend the club’s money unless we had to do it.

‘With a new manager coming in, if we have taken someone for a month, a new manager might not have wanted him.

‘So I would prefer to get on with it as we are.’

Awford is hopeful that both Connolly and Craddock will be available after picking up injuries against Southend.

He said: ‘They have both got knocks and neither have trained since the midweek game as yet.

‘So we will have a look at them and see how they are.

‘I think they are more likely to be okay than miss out.

‘I had a manager’s day on Wednesday.

‘I was on the phone constantly, and if those two had been ruled out along with Patrick Agyemang, we would have been down to Ryan Bird and Ashley Harris as our only two strikers.

‘Then I would have got a loan striker in, definitely.

‘But the news was positive about David and Tom.’

Meanwhile, left-back Dan Butler has agreed to extend his loan deal at Aldershot for a second month, although a 24-hour recall clause has been inserted.